The western reef heron (Egretta gularis) also called the western reef egret, is a medium-sized heron found in southern Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. It has a mainly coastal distribution and occurs in two plumage forms, a slaty-grey plumage in which it can only be confused with the rather uncommon dark morph of the little egret (Egretta garzetta) and a white form which can look very similar to the little egret although the bill tends to be paler and larger. There are also differences in size, structure and foraging behaviour. There have been suggestions that the species hybridizes with the little egret, and based on this, some authors treat schistacea and gularis as subspecies of Egretta garzetta. Works that consider the western reef heron as a valid species include the nominate gularis and schistacea as subspecies.
Western Reef-Heron
Date Location Count
2021-02-06 15:45Ebi Mangrove1
2021-02-05 14:42Fosu Lagoon12
2021-02-05 12:32Cape Coast Castle2
2021-02-07 07:37Densu Delta 13
2021-02-07 06:20Densu Delta Protected Area14
2021-02-16 14:31Sakumono Lagoon3
2021-01-30 13:41São Tomé--Ponte Yô Grande5
2021-01-31 08:39São Tomé--Sete Pedras2
2021-02-21 12:58Chutes de la Lobé
2021-02-27 07:50International Birding and Research Center Eilat (IBRCE) מרכז הצפרות הבינלאומי אילת1
2021-02-11 07:10Eilat Canal - by north beach תעלת הביוב אילת מצפון לחוף הצפוני2
2021-02-28 15:46Eilat north beach חוף צפוני אילת1
2021-02-05 07:40South Corniche (الكورنيش الجنوبي)1
2021-02-10 11:30Al Jahra Reserve (Restricted access)15
2021-01-31 11:00Sulaibikhat Bay - Sulaibikhat Sports Club Beach35
2021-02-14 12:04Traditional Sulaibikhat Cafe25
2021-01-31 11:34Sulaibikhat Bay - Beach west of Nature Reserve47
2021-02-26 06:41Al Asfar Lake (بحيرة الأصفر)1
2021-02-13 10:00Khobar South Corniche
2021-02-19 16:11Karzakkan Beach1
2021-02-20 11:58Dohat Arad Lagoon (Mangrove Bay)2
2021-02-06 10:30Al Farkiah Mangrove1
2021-02-12 08:00Al Khor--Al Farkiah Beach (Family/Nouf Beach)1
2021-02-20 07:45Abu Dhabi Corniche Gardens3
2021-02-14 06:50Reem Island2
2021-02-26 07:00Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access)3
2021-02-18 15:45Khor Qirqishan (restricted access)100
2021-02-20 16:15Eastern Lagoon--eastern viewpoint12
2021-02-26 10:12Jubail Mangrove Park5
2021-02-28 17:20Abu Dhabi Officers' Club2
2021-02-03 16:40Abu Dhabi Golf Club (restricted access)5
2021-02-28 07:30Yas Island--Hypocolius viewpoint2
2021-02-22 17:30Yas Island--northern mangrove tip1
2021-02-19 08:19Baniyas East--pond1
2021-02-26 10:50Ajban Farms2
2021-02-19 07:30Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access)3
2021-02-11 16:45Bab al-Shams desert lake1
2021-02-12 10:59Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Lake and surroundings1
2021-02-14 08:55Arabian Ranches--Al Reem1
2021-02-07 08:00Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide5
2021-02-06 06:47Al Nahda Pond Park1
2021-02-13 17:00Al Marmoom DCR--Long Expo Lakes2
2021-01-30 07:30Al Marmoom DCR--Duck Lake and eastern plain4
2021-02-25 08:11Al Marmoom DCR--Oasis Lakes1
2021-02-19 08:00Al Warsan Lakes1
2021-02-25 07:00Al-Zora Golf Club6
2021-02-26 09:00Al-Zora Protected Area10
2021-02-03 11:30Khawr Taqah4
2021-01-31 10:29Dreamland1
2021-02-20 10:51Al Rafa'a2
2021-02-13 12:15Zakher Lake1
2021-02-16 07:10Ain al-Fayda2
2021-02-12 16:00Private estate near Green Mubazzarah1
2021-02-14 10:29Shawka Dam2
2021-02-24 17:59Khor Fakkan canal1
2021-02-06 07:24Hara-e Roud-e Gaz Protected Area--Azini Wetland
2021-02-07 08:34Khor Khalasi and Coastal Littoral
2021-02-09 08:55Pasabandar--Mangrove Forest
2021-01-30 15:00Hawke's Bay Dr.15
2021-02-13 14:20Clifton Beach6
2021-02-03 10:30Malir Dam15
2021-02-27 10:02Haleji Lake2
2021-01-30 07:04Nageshwar4
2021-02-23 08:55Rukmavati River4
2021-02-22 05:08Dhrabudi Beach6
2021-02-09 16:30Modhva Beach15
2021-02-27 12:27Narara Marine NP15
2021-02-22 13:52Saltpans near Vadinar20
2021-02-15 07:30Mokarsagar Wetland Complex4
2021-02-26 12:43Saltpans on INS Valsura Rd4
2021-02-26 09:28Lakhota Lake3
2021-02-28 07:30Rangmati Dam4
2021-02-22 07:33Vibhapar2
2021-02-22 07:28Sachana Beach7
2021-02-23 09:27Balachadi Beach4
2021-02-13 07:00Garida Dam1
2021-02-23 07:00Khodiyar Dam3
2021-02-22 12:30Victor Saltpans10
2021-02-26 16:45Avaniya Lake2
2021-02-25 11:34Juni Akhol16
2021-02-15 17:45Steneshwar Mahadev Temple, Tena6
2021-02-13 12:51Sultanpur Wetland3
2021-02-09 07:16Virar--Tuss Khadi Beach, Arnala2
2021-01-30 08:18Jyoti Wetlands, Vasai3
2021-02-18 11:50Mamachi Wadi2
2021-02-13 15:36Bhuigaon Beach Vasai1
2021-02-07 07:13Uttan Jetty2
2021-02-14 07:30Haji Ali Dargah1
2021-02-24 15:09Sewri Jetty, Mumbai8
2021-02-08 08:43Alibaug--Akshi Beach1
2021-02-21 06:15Bhandup Pumping Station -- creek mudflats1
2021-02-25 06:56Bhandup Pumping Station2
2021-02-04 08:10Thane Creek4
2021-02-28 07:30Panje, Uran3
2021-02-07 12:18JNPT Area, Near Uran, Maharashtra1
2021-02-21 07:12TS Chanakya College, Navi Mumbai1
2021-02-26 09:55Nerul Wetland Flamingo Point3
2021-02-07 07:30Seawoods--Navi Mumbai1
2021-02-25 09:35Sea Woods Flamingo Refuge Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 4007061
2021-02-27 10:00Sector 17, Kharghar2
2021-02-15 17:30Bhatye Bridge, Ratnagiri1
2021-02-20 17:00Odxel5
2021-02-06 08:10Salvador do Mundo Fields
2021-02-18 07:50Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary,Chorao
2021-02-16 08:00Divar Island1
2021-02-17 10:30Agacaim Tidal mudflats4
2021-02-17 07:30Zuari River4
2021-02-24 07:22Cumbarjua Canal1
2021-01-31 06:45Bhigwan -- Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-28 07:10Kodi--Kundapura3
2021-02-23 07:29Kundapura Inland Jetty2
2021-02-28 12:54Sasihitlu Beach & Estuary2
2021-02-13 17:15Chitrapu Estuary, Mulki2
2021-02-20 11:42Kolachekambala Mulki2
2021-02-06 07:15Sasihitlu -- Beach and Estuary4
2021-02-27 16:16Old Mangalore Port (Dakke)8
2021-02-07 17:00Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore2
2021-02-28 15:14Kumbla-Shiriya Estuary5
2021-02-14 06:53Madakkara1
2021-01-30 06:46Kunnumkai1
2021-02-17 06:45Kattampally1
2021-02-08 17:27Mappila Bay1
2021-02-18 07:45Kizhunna Beach1
2021-02-12 13:10Kozhikode Beach1
2021-01-31 15:00Kadalundy Estuary (Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary)6
2021-02-19 07:10Ponnani Beach5
2021-02-07 12:38Kole Wetlands--Uppungal (Malappuram)2
2021-02-23 07:05Kole Wetlands--Uppungal 11
2021-02-14 08:16Munambam Beach8
2021-02-28 07:00Kadamakudy--Valiya Kadamakkudy1
2021-02-21 18:29Andhakaranazhi beach2
2021-02-12 07:41Kattady Kadappuram - Cherthala2
2021-02-15 17:53Thiruvankulam--Kavaleeswaram (Paddy Field)1
2021-02-04 18:00Malampuzha Reservoir (North side)1
2021-01-31 08:03Thottappally beach7
2021-02-14 10:25Thottappally4
2021-02-14 09:57Karingali Puncha, Pandalam1
2021-02-13 11:37Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-02-28 09:04Vaduvur Bird Sanctuary2
2021-02-16 06:30Buckingham Canal--Kaipanikuppam2
2021-02-07 10:40Adam's Bridge1
2021-02-06 08:00Uppu Revu Mudflats & Sandspit (Krishna Sanctuary)9
2021-02-20 10:30Urumalei1
2021-02-02 07:00Mannar Island--Erukkalampiddy1
2021-02-04 17:51Vankalai Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-05 07:00Vankalai Pond1
2021-02-13 21:34Coringa Wildlife Santuary
2021-02-22 09:18Hope Island, Kakinada4
2021-02-13 09:31Matara--Kirala Kele Sanctuary1
2021-02-19 10:08Podugupalem Lake4
2021-02-06 11:04Yala National Park (General)1
2021-02-12 13:20Gosthani River Mouth, Bheemili2